ICYMI, Bad Bunny’s tributary, era-spanning reggaetón epic, “Safaera,” is currently absent from the platform—mostly. While it’s been removed from the YHLQMDLG album, remixes and other uploading routes have emerged, though copyrights make their permanence precarious.
Still, the question remains: Why did Spotify remove “Safaera?”
me saying goodbye to spotify since they deleted safaera pic.twitter.com/vogN754Mr0
— ★ (@starkbartcn) May 14, 2020
And why did this happen yesterday of all days? For Benito fans, it was a holy day: He’d just debuted on the cover of Rolling Stone. So many fans are so feverishly upset that Twitter has designated the event an official Twitter Moment.
Spotify: takes out safaera
The entire Latin community: pic.twitter.com/smQtjgJtor
— Carlo M. Cabrera (@CarloMCabrera1) May 15, 2020
Talking with Residente on Instagram Live last night, Bad Bunny touched on the subject, but didn’t reveal much—he basically told viewers he didn’t want to make the situation any worse. He was even more vague (though kinda funny) about it on Twitter.
diablo que safaera !!!
— (@sanbenito) May 15, 2020
One committed “Safaera” fan went straight to Spotify for answers:
Got in contact with a Spotify rep and this is what they said about Safaera pic.twitter.com/NLsEZMIytn
— (@kittycoello) May 14, 2020
The inquiry resulted in a lead: “It looks like there are some permission issues with the rights holders of that song,” the Spotify rep responded.
It seems as though the takedown wasn’t Spotify’s idea.
Of course, the internet rumor-mill immediately went hard to work, with tweets alleging the removal was related to a disagreement between Alvarito Díaz, Tainy, Bad Bunny and his label, Rimas Music. Reps for Díaz vehemently denied his involvement in the situation when asked by Remezcla this morning.
Yes it’s a legal issue between alvarito diaz, tainy, bad bunny and the record label
— Víctor Salgado (@VYK91) May 14, 2020
Another user tweeted a video of Díaz rapping along to a beat that resembles a bit of “Safaera.”
yo soy súper fan de benito cabron y eso jamás cambiara pero cabronnn lo que mas me molesta es que PALOSS CABRON PALOOSS que eran de ALVARO tainy se los dio a Bad bunny cabron “SAFAERA” y “PA ROMPERLA” esos beats eran de Alvaro Díaz primero CB me encabrono mejor me quedó callao pic.twitter.com/1khV9tUGJW
— Seba McLaren (@mcfknflurry) May 10, 2020
The same user then added live footage to the investigation, this piece pointing to the possibility that Díaz had claim to the beat for Bad Bunny & Don Omar’s “Pa’ Romperla,” which appears on Benito’s latest album, Las Que No Iban a Salir, comprised of cutting-floor tracks he supposedly hadn’t planned to make public.
In Díaz’s hands, “Castigada” is the name of the song. The beat is by Tainy, he tells an audience in the clip: “This song comes out soon… it hasn’t come out yet.”
Further taking credence away from the internet rumors is the close relationship between Díaz, Tainy (who is a partner in NEON16, the label Díaz is signed to), and Bad Bunny.
“Pa’ Romperla,” though, unlike “Safaera,” is still available on Spotify. And throughout all of this, there’s been no mention of either song’s collaborators (Don Omar on the former, and Ñengo Flow, Jowell & Randy on the latter)
Additionally, both tracks are still available on YouTube and Apple Music.
“OMFG THEY TOOK SAFAERA FROM SPOTIFY!! ”
Me, an elite with Apple Music: pic.twitter.com/Q3PjvKdNHG
— (@mr_estark) May 15, 2020
While Spotify couldn’t get into specific details with Remezcla, the platform issued more responses to fans, further pointing at the likelihood that the removal does indeed stem from a rights issue:
Hey there! We’d love to have Safaera available on Spotify – and hopefully one day we will. There's more info about Spotify content here: https://t.co/N3Jf4gdGnJ. If you have any further questions, feel free to ask /IG
— SpotifyCares (@SpotifyCares) May 15, 2020
We hear you. Just a heads up, sometimes content gets temporarily removed because of licensing changes. Hopefully we'll have it available again soon. There's more info on Spotify content here: https://t.co/94iKUsQ5vP. We hope this clears things up /PB
— SpotifyCares (@SpotifyCares) May 14, 2020
We’ve also reached out to reps for Bad Bunny for comment but have not yet heard back.